Did your kids get way too many candies for Valentine’s Day? Why not use some of it up with some Love powder and Love juice to make some “Love Potions”? So easy to set up and a great way to use up that candy!
Here is what you need to get started:
- leftover candy (we used skittles, nerds and conversations hearts, but you can use whatever you have!)
- cups or beakers or large plastic test tubes
- Love Powder (baking soda-I tinted mine pink)
- Love Juice (vinegar-I tinted mine purple and red)
To make the love powder, I just placed some baking soda in a ziplock bag and added some red food coloring to it and mixed it well. Plain white baking soda works just fine! For the Love juice, I added red and purple food coloring to plain white vinegar. I love colors. So do the kids!
I placed the test tubes in a bin to contain the mess. I gave each child an empty cup, a cup of love powder and some love juice, a dropper and cup filled with assorted colorful candies.
And I let them mix and make their potions!
They love using droppers to make precise measurements and the addition of some vinegar and baking soda to make bubbly potions!
Pouring from the cup works just as well too!
And for a bonus, some of the conversation hearts began “dancing” in the bubbly potions! (This is actually another simple candy experiment that you can do at home as well! For more details, visit my Dancing Candy Hearts experiment)
All in all, the tots had a blast mixing and pouring and fizzing and bubbling, and we used up a lot of leftover candy experimenting instead of getting cavities:)
Check out some more of my candy science experiments and activities:
- Candy Concoctions
- Candy Chemistry-Skittles vs. M&M’s
- Candy Chemistry – Bears and Fish, Oh My!
- Dissolving Peeps Experiment
- Dancing Candy Hearts
Science Behind the Activity:
This is one of my favorite activities because it allows young children to be creative and explore and investigate. I didn’t give them any instructions, just some materials and let them have at it. One of the girls just wanted to make things fizz. Another child wanted to see what colors the potions would turn with different candies. One just wanted to mix everything together. Each child did something different. And most importantly, they learned about cause and effect: What happens if I do this?